December 2021
Club Connections
Dunwoody Woman's Club
Serving the community since 1971
Tuesday, Dec. 7 - 1 pm Zoom
Book Club, "The Forgotten Orphan"
Sponsored by: Education & Libraries

Thursday, Dec. 9 50thAnniversary and Holiday Luncheon, Dunwoody Nature Center Pavilion 

Monday, Dec. 13 - 10am to Noon
Bird Feeder Workshop
Dunwoody Nature Center
Sponsored by: Environment
Thursday, Dec. 16 - 1pm Decorating for Christmas for Kids
Dunwoody United Methodist Church
Sponsored by: Civic Engagement and Outreach

Saturday, Dec. 18 - 11am Wreaths Across America
Old Roswell Cemetery
Sponsored by: Civic Engagement and Outreach

2 Tickets for the Price of 1

This holiday season, Stage Door Theatre is proud to present an original adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol that promises to be a fun and festive romp for the whole family, and the members of Dunwoody Woman’s Club have been invited to be a part of it! The show runs from December 3-19 and is certain to get you in the holiday spirit!
Members can go to to purchase tickets and use the discount code “2FOR1” when checking out to purchase two tickets for the price of one to any performance of A Christmas Carol. You may also call the Box Office Manager, Joey Davila, directly at 770-396-1726.

Dunwoody Woman's Club
50th Anniversary Holiday Luncheon

Thursday, December 9, 2021
Dunwoody Nature Center Pavilion
9:15 am Coffee
10:00 am Program and Meeting
12 Noon Lunch
Buffet Lunch provided by Marlow's Tavern
Cost: $25.00
Contact Beverly Clark for Reservations - or
no later than Friday, December 3rd.

Ways and Means
Faye Cashwell -

Flower Power Holiday Bulb Sale

The results from the 2021 Flower Power Fundraiser are in and thank you to all of the members and non-members who participated this year. Your continued support will help us fund the charitable initiatives that are so important to our organization and community.
The net proceeds are $1,406.00
Enjoy your flowers!
Kay and Kathy
Pam King -
Membership Dues for 2022 are due in January
Active: $70, Associate: $85, Sustaining: $95

Remember, your dues are tax deductible since the Dunwoody Woman’s Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and members receive no substantial benefits other than the newsletter in exchange for their dues. Please use this notice and a copy of your check for tax purposes.

Dues checks payable to Dunwoody Woman’s Club should be mailed to: Pam King, 1944 Winchelsea Court West, Dunwoody, GA 30338. Dues are considered delinquent as of February 1st
If you are requesting a change of membership status, please send your request to: or to Pam at her address above.

Arts and Culture
Jo Ann Kostkan
Kim Reuning

Thank you to all who attended the tour of Moving in the Spirit and who donated gift cards for their Holiday Store. What a spectacular and special space for these young dancers to call home! Our gift cards and club donation truly make a difference in providing these students with a way to buy holiday presents for their families.

Our trip to Moving in the Spirit was truly inspiring. What a special place! Our gift cards to their Holiday Store mean so much. 

Please plan to attend the January General Meeting featuring the new Executive Director of Stage Door Theatre, Mr. Justin Ball. Grace Vande Waa, head of Stage Door Theatre Academy, will also speak to us.
Upcoming Community Art Events:
  • Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center – Here are just 2 of the many holiday events at City Springs: “A Traditional Christmas” on Friday, Dec. 17 featuring traditional Christmas songs with a concert choir and orchestra. “ASO: New Year’s Celebration” on Dec. 31 in the Byers Theatre with an After Party and countdown in the Studio Theatre. Visit for ticket information.
  • Stage Door Theatre – “A Christmas Carol” December 8-12 and 15-19. For ticket information, go to
  • Sandy Springs presents “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition” at Perimeter Pointe at 1155 Mount Vernon Highway. Runs now through Jan. 17 and is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. Visit the set where characters and the iconic house come to life! Tickets can be purchased online at
  • Spruill Gallery’s Holiday Artists’ Market – Runs through Dec. 23.
  • Callanwolde presents Winter House through Dec. 11. Hours are Sun-Th from 11-8 pm and Fri /Sat from 11-9 pm. Entry is free, but pre-purchase all workshops and performances at

Civic Engagement and Outreach
Donna Knowlton

Please Note Change of Date,
  • Wednesday, December 15th, 1:00 pm, Decorating Trees for Christmas for Kids at Dunwoody United Methodist Church, Partnering with I Care Atlanta, the Dunwoody Police Department will host a Christmas celebration for deserving children and their families on December 16. Unwrapped toys can be dropped off at Dunwoody Police Headquarters. Help is also needed on Thursday, December 16 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm to set up all decorations in the church portico. If you are available on either one of these days, please contact Donna.
  • Saturday, December 18, 12:00 pm - Wreaths Across America Program, Old Roswell Cemetery. Check out the Roswell Historical Society website for more information and the opportunity to order a wreath. Thank you to those who sponsored a wreath. To date, our members and club have sponsored 12 wreaths. We have two slots to fill for the wreath laying on the 18th. Please call Donna if you’d like to participate.
  • Monday, January 3, 10:00 am– Interfaith Outreach Home – Meet at IOH at 5200 Buford Highway to take down and store the Christmas Decorations.

Happy holidays and best wishes always.
Education and Libraries
Linda Mote
December Celebrates Education and Libraries
  • December 2, National Special Education Day - National Special Education Day recognizes changes in federal legislation that led to the nation’s first federal special education law. Beginning in 1971, a U.S. District Court case in the District of Columbia, Mills v. Board of Education, ruled it unlawful to deny exceptional children, including those with mental and learning disabilities publicly funded educational opportunities. Court cases like this led to the 1975 Education for All Handicapped Children Act which was signed by President Gerald Ford on November 29th. The federal legislation required states that accept federal money to provide equal access to children with disabilities. Additional protections were added in 1986 to support parents and educators in creating an education plan for children with disabilities. In 1990, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act was renamed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and improved access for all children with developmental delay. Through the years, the act has been enhanced to improve services and standards throughout the educational system.
  • December 10, Dewey Decimal System Day. This day commemorates the birth of Melville Dewey, the inventor of the Dewey Decimal System of library classification. The system, first published in 1876, organizes library materials by fields. There are 10 main fields that are further divided into smaller, more specialized areas.
12/16 - Jane Austen’s birthday
12/21 - Celebrate Short Fiction Day - The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year. Why not celebrate with some short stories? December is Read a New Book Month

  • Book Club, There will not be a book club discussion in January, we will resume in February.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night.
Kathy Hanna
Nancy Baldwin & Gang

Dec 13, Bird Feeder Workshop from 10-12 at Dunwoody Nature Center. (Home Goods, and Goodwill have beautiful tea cups and saucers to bring to this workshop). Please let Kathy, or JoAnn, know if you plan to attend.
Collections For the Animal Shelters: pill bottles without labels; blankets any size; dog or cat toys; animal treats, paper towels, food and monetary donations. Please save them to take with us on Jan. 27 to The Atlanta Animal Shelter on Mansell Rd. We have a great new lunch spot to share with you before our tour.

Recycling: In November we reported that 650 plastic bottles and/or aluminum cans were recycled. If you had more recycled in November, please report your numbers to Kathy.
Ongoing Events
  • Adopt-A-Bench: It is a good time to celebrate ones you love! It's a great family gift for the holidays. Contact Meredy Shortal.
  • Audubon: Continue to fill your bird feeders, and as the weather cools add suet feeders. 
  • Dunwoody Nature Center: Your children and grandchildren can enjoy nature themed activities during Winter Break Camp. Please check out the Center for any information and to register for classes or events at or call 770-394-3322.
  • Recycling: Please let us know the number and value of items you cleaned out and recycled. (Fur Kids on Holcomb Bridge will take clothes) Don't know what to do with odd recyclables? CHARM does, see what they will take at
  • Trees Atlanta are planting thousands and can use your support. If you do plant trees please let Kathy know
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you for the E Gang...

Health and Wellness
Terry Kemp
Deborah Gault

Thanks to everyone who donated to Special Olympics.  Thanks to your kind donations, DWC raised an additional $330 from our members in addition to the $200 DWC planned donation. The plan is to host Special Olympics in the springtime to make up for the postponement of our November Golden Olympics. 

We are still collecting donations for the Lutheran Towers gift bags at our December 9 Anniversary luncheon. Collection boxes will be provided at the luncheon at Dunwoody Nature Center. This year, we will prepare 122 gift bags for women and 89 gift bags for men; a total of 211 gift bags. 
They need the following personal care items to make Christmas and the Holiday Season brighter:

  • Travel size shampoos, conditioners, toiletries
  • Small sizes of hand lotion, Kleenex, etc.
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste
  • Socks for men
  • Ladies scarves, seasonal small accessories for men
  • Socks for women
  • Other small delights to brighten a resident’s day
  • Costume jewelry

We will make arrangements to package your donations and deliver them to Lutheran Towers for our December activity. A very special thanks to Linda Mote for collecting and assembling 5 boxes of donated items this year. Thanks to everyone who is donating.
  • Pill bottles without labels, blankets any size, dog or cat toys, animal treats, paper towels, food and monetary donations. Please bring to January meeting - no collections at December 9th celebration.
Health and Wellness
  • For Lutheran Towers refer to the Health & Wellness article above.
GFWC Clubwoman
Judy Bertrand

Join us on National Wreaths Across America Day  December 18, 2021

Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 2,500 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.

Join us by sponsoring a veterans’ wreath at a cemetery near you, volunteering or donating to a local sponsorship group.

From the Revolutionary War to present day conflicts, our veterans are devoted sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers. They come from all backgrounds in life to place those lives on the line for our freedoms. There are millions of individual stories to tell. Get to know them by viewing the 4,760 recent posts made by our supporters or sponsor a wreath in honor of or in memory of an American hero.

Google: National Wreaths Across America Day to sponsor a wreath OR check Civic Engagement's article about how YOU can participate at the Roswell Cemetery on December 18th.
Dottie D'Angelo

In early November, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill, S. 2342, which would ban enforcement of mandatory arbitration agreements when an employee alleges sexual harassment or assault. Many workers in the U.S. are blocked from pursuing sexual harassment claims in court because of the inclusion of binding arbitration agreements in their employment contracts—one of the many issues highlighted by the #MeToo movement. 
Tallulah Falls School
Linda Mote * Diane Norris
The TFS Pit Vipers, a small group of students, have risen to the top in the BBQ world. They recently were crowned Junior BBQ champions during a competition in Memphis, TN. Next, the Pit Vipers will travel to the KCBS World Invitational in Okla. According to the Kansas City BBQ Society national rankings, the Pit Vipers are ranked #3 in ribs and #7 in chicken. In the GA rankings they are No. 1.

We sent Christmas cards with gift cards to our five adopted students. We hope they have a very Merry Christmas.
Women in History
Suzanne Bentz
The Hon. Augusta Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852)

It is often said that behind every great man is a great woman. While this expression originated in the early 1900s to give recognition to wives and mothers, many scholars believe Ada Lovelace can rightfully claim a significant role in helping her friend, Cambridge Professor Charles Babbage, develop a theoretical computer in the 1830s. Ada, now recognized as a brilliant mathematician, “published the first algorithm intended to be carried out by (Babbage’s) machine. As a result, she is often regarded as the (world’s) first computer programmer.”

Born in London, Ada was the only legitimate child of poet Lord Byron. She inherited a life-long love for math and logic from her mother who was obsessed with “rooting out any of the insanity of which she accused Byron.” While Ada and her mom were acrimoniously separated from Lord Byron early on, Ada named two sons Byron and Gordon when she married the First Earl of Lovelace, and asked to be buried next to her dad upon her own death in 1852 from cancer.

Ada’s youth was troubled by sickness, and her adulthood by brilliance, scandal and rumors of impropriety. As a child she developed a model on how to fly. As an adult, she was pre-occupied with developing a model “for how the brain gives rise to thoughts and nerves to feelings,” in part due to concern that, from her father, she might have the potential for madness. 

Ada met Charles Babbage in June 1833 through a mutual friend. A month later Babbage showed Ada his prototype for his machine. The rest is history. Ada worked with Babbage as often a she could. He, in turn, was impressed by her intellect and analytical skills. “He called her ‘The Enchantress of Number.’” Translating an Italian mathematician’s article on Babbage’s machine, Ada appended her own notes on how the machine could correctly calculate number sequencing. Babbage’s engine was never completed. Ada’s program was never tested. But in 1953, Babbage’s engine was first recognized “as an early model for a computer and (Ada’s) notes as a description of a computer and software.”

It is ironic that Ada’s troubled life gave her the gift to envision possibilities beyond what was in front of her. As DWC club members, we have overcome obstacles COVID has thrust upon us, fusing the work at hand with our vision for a better community and achieving storied results in the process.
Carolyn Anderson
Kay Moe
50 Years of Service in our Community 1971-2021